By Maryann Readal
It is with great pleasure that I announce to our blog readers that two very accomplished horticulture professionals are taking over leadership of The Herb Society of America’s Blog. We look forward to them sharing their extensive and diverse knowledge and expertise with you, our readers. They will make certain that you are getting information that is authoritative, useful, and interesting to read.
Now let me introduce to you our two new HSA Blogmasters.
Chrissy Moore is currently the curator of the National Herb Garden at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, DC. She attended St. Mary’s College of Maryland, receiving a bachelor’s degree in biology with a focus in plant biology. After completing two horticulture internships at the U.S. National Arboretum—one of which was in the National Herb Garden—she spent two years in the Education and Visitor Services Unit at the Arboretum. She then served as the National Herb Garden’s gardener from 1998 until September, 2007, when she accepted her current position.
As steward of the NHG, Chrissy lectures, provides tours, and writes on various herbal topics, as well as shepherds the garden’s “Under the Arbor” educational outreach program. She supports the Herban Lifestyles program and facilitates arboricultural symposia for the tree care industry. She is a member of the Potomac Unit of The Herb Society of America and is an International Society of Arboriculture certified arborist. Chrissy loves learning about the intersection of plants and people and then sharing those stories with whoever will listen.
Erin Holden also works at the U.S. National Arboretum, as a gardener for the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum. Erin received a B.S. in biology from Radford University and then an M.S. in herbal medicine from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. While a student at MUIH, she published an article in the Journal of the American Herbalists Guild on herbs for restless legs syndrome and worked in the Herbal Dispensary, filling orders from the school’s herbal clinic. In 2013 she completed an internship in the National Herb Garden (sponsored by the Herb Society of America), and then continued her horticulture career at the Arboretum in her current position. In 2018, she helped launch Herban Lifestyles, an herbal educational series at the Arboretum that teaches participants how to incorporate herbs into everyday life, from dyeing with plants to making herbal salves.
In addition to working at the National Arboretum, Erin is a clinical herbalist and has served as a teaching assistant for different herbal medicine graduate courses. She’s also started a small business creating art with plants, and is currently finishing a horticulture minor through Oregon State University. She is a member of the American Herbalists Guild, United Plant Savers, and a member-at-large of The Herb Society of America. One of her herbal passions is learning about the medicinal uses of plants and sharing that knowledge with others.
Erin and Chrissy both feel that the Herb Society of America blog is a great forum for connecting like-minded herb enthusiasts with educational, interesting, and relevant information about herbs and the people who use them. I think you will agree with me that The Herb Society of America’s Blog could not be in better hands.
Maryann Readal is Secretary of the Herb Society of America and oversees The Society’s social media programs. She is a member of The Society’s Texas Thyme Unit in Huntsville, TX. She gardens in the Piney Woods of east Texas.